Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Good Rich People by Eliza Jane Brazier

Happy Book Birthday to Eliza Jane Brazier whose latest, Good Rich People, hits shelves today!

Love and money drew Lyla to Graham. It’s why she fought for her marriage. It’s why she accepts Graham and his proclivities. It’s why she puts up with the game Graham and his mother play. She doesn’t play. No, she doesn’t have a taste for it. But after disastrous results with the last game—results they blame on Lyla—it seems Lyla will have to take a turn if she is to prove herself to the family. 

Enter Demi. She’s young and very wealthy, not at all like the others who have been part of the game. Demi is to take up residence in the guesthouse. She’s to be Lyla’s game. But Demi is not exactly what any of them expected. 

Will Lyla win? Or are the odds stacked against her?

Eliza Jane Brazier’s latest pokes fun at the fact that rich people can pretty much get away with anything. In a really dark and twisty way!

Lyla set her eyes on Graham and was not going to back down without a fight. It’s that strength and willingness to do anything that draws him to her. But her mother-in-law makes no bones about the fact that she doesn’t like Lyla. Lyla isn’t one of them and she never will be. 

But that doesn’t mean she’s not going to try. 

Demi is nothing like the others that have been drawn into the game. But Lyla and the family don’t even know the half of it!

Good Rich People is as twisted a read as they come. Everyone is lying to and manipulating everyone else! Which you might think would make for a book with no likable characters. And that's kind of true, except that I found I really did like Demi!

I liked Lyla’s evolution as well, which is already in play before the book starts. But I loved Demi’s determination! 

All that said, I didn’t think everyone got quite what they deserved in the end. I wanted more of a resolution with Astrid. Hers was the only one I really felt was missing something. But she does have a resolution, so we’re not left hanging thankfully. 

This is definitely one of those books where I think it's best to go into it without knowing too much about it. Which is why I'm trying to be kind of vague in my review—I want everyone to be able to go into it with as little info as possible, because I think that's the best way to enjoy the story. 

There are so many aspects of Demi's character that I want to talk about, but I also think they're a bit spoilery! I can't wait to see what everyone thinks about this book. As a whole, Good Rich People is darkly comedic fun, certainly perfect for fans of If I Disappear, but just as great for newbies discovering Eliza Jane Brazier!

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